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crankygeeks 071 episode

by pcmag

Published July 3, 2007


This is episode 071 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:

Episode 71:
Is America ready for an electronic war? Cryptographer Whitfield Diffie and Security Expert Dan Farmer join the panel.

What's new in Episode 71

Today's Guests:
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, Editorial Director, PCMagCast.com
Dan Farmer, Security Consultant, Elemental Security
Whitfield Diffie, VP, Chief Security Officer, Sun Microsystems

The Topics:
How Vulnerable are the Internet and Large-Scale Networks?

Experts predict that the Internet is on track to suffer the consequences of The Big One--a devastating electronic attack unlike any seen before. Is the sky really falling? The cranks convene in a special security-themed episode.

Is Google a Threat to Privacy?

Google's Toolbar collects your cookies, and its other applications follow you around and track information about you, too. Has the company's window on personal privacy become too wide? Top security experts weigh in...

Russian Troublemakers Uncover Backdoor in Quicken

A Russian company specializing in password-recovery systems has reported a backdoor in Intuit's Quicken software that can allow hackers in to see and manipulate personal financial information. In the immortal words of Pink Floyd, get your hands off my stack!

Money Transfers by Text Messages?

A new service transfers money by mobile phone. Find a user in your address book, type in cash and an amount and hit send. Does this mean that if we find your phone we can send cash to ourselves?

Symantec Offers Chinese Users Compensation After Trashing Computers

On the heels of a faulty software update to its Norton Antivirus software that disrupted tens of thousands of Chinese computers, Symantec--number one in security software--is offering affected users a new copy of the software. Gee, thanks!

Which Programs Can Easily Encrypt Your Information?

Encryption is touted by some to be oh-so-easy, but few people use it in sophisticated ways. The cranks pick the brains of top security software on why the process is so difficult and which programs make encryption easier.

Topic links:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2101619,00.asp
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2146042,00.asp
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/06/23/quicken_password_backdoor/
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/06/17/business/wireless18.php
http://english.people.com.cn/200706/26/eng20070626_387548.html
http://shareware.pcmag.com/category.php%5Baction%5Dbrowse&i=70&id=253&f=%7C%7C%7C%7C&s=product.date_released%7CDESC%5BSiteID%5Dpcmag


Run time 30:38
Producer pcmag
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

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